January 16, 2007
By Elisabeth Grant
When is Google not enough? When it comes to scholarly research, the answer is pretty much always. Google and other mainstream search engines are often the first place students go to do research, but as Daniel C. Mack and Susan Hamburger explained at their session at the annual meeting, there are many better online research options out there. Mack and Hamburger, both of Pennsylvania State University, gave a talk on “Unstable Sources: New Approaches to Historical Methodology,” where they presented an incredible and exhaustive list of databases (both in the U.S. and abroad), manuscript repositories, finding aids, digital projects, art collections, and more, that can all be accessed online. Dr. Hamburger has made the entire Powerpoint presentation* from the session available on her website, and it includes dozens of links to all of the excellent resources mentioned above. AHA Today will revisit and explore some of the sites mentioned in the presentation in blog posts to come.
* If you have trouble viewing the powerpoint presentation, you may need to download and install the Microsoft Power Point reader, which is available for free.